Tournament championship this afternoon in Columbus, Ga.
The Lady Vols, as the No. 1 seed in the tournament, had a first-round
bye. They will play Mississippi State at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The
game can be seen on FOX Sports South. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Kentucky
67-48 in yesterday's first round game.
Tennessee has won seven SEC Tournament championships. If they win today,
the Lady Vols will move to the semifinals and play on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 74-52 in Starkville, Miss., in the
teams' only meeting this season. The Lady Vols lead the all-time series
Diamond Vols Beat Carson-Newman
The No. 12 Volunteers (8-2) pounded out 14 hits while drawing a season-high
12 walks in a 16-2 road victory over Division II Carson-Newman (6-7) at
Sonny Cortez paced the Vols' hitting attack with three hits, including
his seventh home run of the season, while driving in four runs. Justin Ross
also hit his third homer of the year.
Batters one through three in Tennessee's lineup combined to go 7-for-13
with two homers and six RBIs.
Freshman Jeremy Brown (1-1), making his first career start, pitched five
shutout innings in picking up his first win. Brown scattered six hits while
striking out four and walking one.
Kurt Keene also collected three hits while driving in three runs.
Joel Brown (2-2) suffered the loss for the Eagles, lasting only 3 2/3
innings, giving up four runs on five hits. After being held scoreless over
the next two frames, the Vols then plated three ion the fifth, one in the
sixth, three more in the seventh and closed the game with a five-run ninth
inning. Both of Tennessee's home runs came in the seventh.
Tennessee battles Morehead State (0-10) at home this weekend for three
games. Game times are 3 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
It will be the home opener for the Vols, who began the season with 10 consecutive
Lady Vols Golf Finish Sixth
The 11th-ranked Tennessee women's golf team completed action at the Pioneer
Electronics Bruin Classic tied for sixth with a final score of 614. Winning
the tournament was defending champion Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane finished
with a one-stroke lead over Oregon.
The tournament was shortened to 36 holes because the second round was
canceled due to rain.
The day off helped Tennessee's Erin Kurczewski, who jumped from 51st
to finish 28th. The Merritt Island, Fla., native shot a 73 for a total of
154 for the final round. Also tying for 28th were seniors Skyli Yamada and
Rachel Thompson. Yamada shot a 77 for both rounds, while Thompson shot a
75 and 79. Junior Jessica Lindbergh tied for 38th with a 156 and Anna Umemura
completed the tournament tied for 48th with a final score of 157.
Tennessee will take approximately a month off before its next tournament.
The Lady Vols will travel to Columbia, S.C., for the Lady Gamecock Classic
on Mar. 20-22.
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